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Twitter feels BBL final was fixed after a dramatic Melbourne Stars collapse

Stars lost seven wickets for 19 runs in one of the most bizarre collapses.

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The cricket fans were waiting eagerly for the Melbourne derby at the final of the Big Bash League (BBL) at the Docklands Stadium on Sunday. The Stars and Renegades locked horns with as many as 40,816 spectators greeting both the teams at the Stadium. The latter side who were playing at their home ground managed to steal a heist in the end and the Australian captain Aaron Finch got his hands on the glittering BBL trophy.

But there was a lot of drama in the game. The Renegades, after being put in to bat first, were reduced to 63/5 by the tenth over of the innings after which the duo of Tom Cooper and Daniel Christian joined hands to resurrect the team’s state. Their efforts helped the Men in Red post a competitive total of 145 runs on the board for the loss of five wickets after 20 overs which clearly didn’t look enough at the half-way mark.

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Dramatic collapse

Marcus Stoinis and Ben Dunk opened for the Stars in the chase. The duo started off sedately before taking the attack to the opposition. While the latter went for his shots, his partner played second fiddle. Both added 93 runs in 13 overs for the first wicket before Stoinis was castled by Cameron Boyce and the game turned dramatically from here. With only 53 runs needed off the last seven overs, Stars literally committed suicide.

They lost seven wickets for 19 runs in the next 29 deliveries in one of the most bizarre collapses. There was nothing in almost every ball off which the wickets fell and it was pure reckless batting. The likes of Peter Handscomb and the skipper Glenn Maxwell played unnecessary shots to leave the team reeling in an all-important final and the Stars’ fans were left fuming.

No wonder, the collapse cost them the game and could eventually reach only 132 runs for the loss of seven wickets after 20 overs. They lost the chance of winning their first BBL title by 13 runs. The Renegades created history but the fans weren’t impressed with the proceedings as they pondered on how the Stars lost the game from being 93/0.

The Twitter was filled with the fans claiming that the final was fixed. They questioned the way few of the Stars’ batters got out and also slammed Cricket Australia (CA) over the same.

Here are the tweets:

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